Army foils infiltration bid in Hajipeer sector

Army foils infiltration bid in Hajipeer sector

31 October 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Army foiled a major infiltration bid in Hajipeer sector of Uri in North Kashmir after a group of militants had managed to cross the Line of Control (LoC) by taking cover of thick forests and dense fog. While giving details Brigadier G S Rawat of Rampur brigade told Excelsior that the infiltration bid was foiled near the LoC when Army noticed suspicious movement of two infiltrators some 400 meters inside the Indian territory near Rustom post in Hatlanga area, Hajipeer sector yesterday morning. Brigadier Rawat said Army fired at the infiltrators and they fled towards LoC back to the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 'However, they were critically injured and Army noticed trail of blood upto the LoC but could not chase them beyond that as they entered PoK', he added. The Army commander said that the fleeing infiltrators left behind 3 AK rifles, and some magazine and grenades. 'The infiltrators were intercepted on the other side of the fence and they had used a Nallah to infiltrate', he added. The area from where they had infiltrated has thick forest cover and infiltrators had used the cover of fog and dense forests for infiltrating. Army sources said that thermal imaging devices of the forward Army posts had also picked up the suspicious movement of the infiltrators before Army started operation yesterday morning. Sources said that the two injured infiltrators died across the LoC. Their death was confirmed today as around 100-150 locals of the PoK gathered near the LoC to take part in the funeral of the two militants. It may be mentioned here that this year Pakistan has revived Uri sector for infiltration as this is less treacherous and nearest route. 'If a group succeeds in infiltrating it has more chances of reaching the hinterland where it's detected becomes more difficult', sources said. This year 10 infiltrating militants were killed by the Army in the operation so far in Uri sector of North Kashmir. However, some of the infiltrators managed to get in while other fled back to PoK. Uri was the major infiltration route for militants in early 1990s but was abandoned after Army focused more on this route and sealed it completely. Army sources said Pakistani troops give cover to the infiltrators by firing at Indian posts along the LoC. In Hajipeer sector of Uri, the Pakistani mortar firing led to the death of three civilians in Charunda village on LoC in the mid October. This is for the first time that civilians have been killed in the LoC firing since India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, ending almost 14 years of border and LoC firing that killed large number of civilians on both the sides and led to migration of thousands of people. Army had lodged protests with Pakistani troops over the firing and killing of three civilians but there was no response so far.